Serge Lutens Eye Shadow 1
Moth to a flame. Something about the Serge Lutens makeup that makes me want to keep on trying and keep on trying to love. One thing I promised to myself never to buy is another eye shadow palette after my try with the palette #3 (here). Funny but after I wrote and published that review, I've actually grown much fonder of it. The deep purple shade makes a nice purple smoky eye. I just love how my waffling affections conspire to make me a big fat liar. I saw palette #1 on a blog for a nice bargain price (for an already incredibly overpriced item) that I pounced on it. Pounce like a rat terrier dog on a rodent. RRRR. RRRRRRRrrrrRRRRrr.
There's something oddly not cohesive about both the quads I own. They are not versatile in the way I'd use a quad. My normal favorite quads have a deep, medium and light shades and have some sort of a textural variety (mix of shimmer, matte, satin, etc.). The palette #3 has three indistinguishable light shade plus one dark. This palette, #1 has three very dark shades and one very pale base shade.
I've played with this quad in person many times at Barney's, so I knew what I was getting myself into, but I was surprised at how sadly unpigmented the shades were when I swatched it with my fingers. And middling looking with a very patchy set of swatches indeed.
- a warm extremely dark brown (near black) matte
- a deep reddish brown matte
- dark oxblood matte
- a pale yellow beige which is surprisingly opaque with sparse fine golden shimmer
I was fully expecting light color payoff on my eyes and some bitter weeping about why I continue to fall for Serge Lutens. However, I am pleased (and kind of shocked) to report that the application on the eyes was superb! With firm bristles (I used the Houkodou GS-1 to apply the base beige shade all over, and the Houkodou GS-2 to apply the oxblood and the reddish brown) the shades applied intensely. I was shocked. I was able to build intensity and blend easily. The black shade was easy to use as a liner shade.
Damn you, Serge Lutens. You overpriced line with your surprisingly beautiful palette! *shakes impotent fist in an impotent manner*
I actually find this look a little too much intensity in makeup for me to wear causally. Too much DARK around the eyes and not nearly office boring sedate for me. I think the individual deep shades would work nicely as a duo with the pale beige or can work perfectly as liner shades. And then as seen here, work all together (if not cohesively) to create a more dramatic look.
I am wearing:
- SUQQU original Cream Foundation (Shade 15), concealer palette, Nuancing Glow Loose Powder
- Jung Saem Mool Beauty Refining Color Bony Brow (Smoky) (way to warm for me)
- SUQQU Volume Curl mascara
- Jung Saem Mool Beauty Essential Cheek Blush in Indi Pink
- Jung Saem Mool Beauty High Color in High Plum (matte, blotted down over balm)
I've invested in a set of lights which seems to lack the ability to pick out eye shadow texture well, but the brightness seems to enhance my camera's ability to pick up color more accurately. So I guess that is good. And despite overcast skies almost everyday, it is allowing me to post some more. I guess that's good, too.
Oh Uncle Serge. You sure make sexy makeup. Why have to be such killer high prices? Have you tried any bits from this brand? What's your take on anything you've tried and do you think the price is in any way justifiable?